Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Isn't this enough?"


Isn't this enough?
Just this world?

Just this…
Beautiful, complex
Wonderfully unfathomable, NATURAL world?

How does it so fail to hold our attention
That we have to diminish it with the invention
Of cheap, man-made Myths and Monsters?

If you're so into your Shakespeare
Lend me your ear:

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw perfume on the violet
…… is just fucking silly.
Or something like that.

Or what about Satchmo?!
I see trees of Green,
Red roses too
And fine, if you wish to
Glorify Krishna and Vishnu
In a post-colonial, condescending
Bottled-up and labeled kind of way
Then whatever, that's ok.

But here's what gives me a hard-on:
I am a tiny, insignificant, ignorant bit of carbon.
I have one life, and it is short
And unimportant…
But thanks to recent scientific advances
I get to live twice as long
As my great great great great uncleses and auntses.

Twice as long to live this life of mine
Twice as long to love this wife of mine
Twice as many years of friends and wine.

- Tim Minchin, "Storm"

1 comment:

  1. This makes me the happiest... well, almost as happy as "White Wine in the Sun," that is.


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